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Utah Congressman Ben McAdams Tests Positive for COVID-19

Congressman Ben McAdams
Kelsie Moore / KUER

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, has coronavirus, according to an announcement made Wednesday night.

McAdams is the second member of Congress to test positive for the virus, and the only member of Utah’s congressional delegation to do so.

He said he started experiencing mild cold-like symptoms and started self-isolating on Sunday after returning to Utah from Washington, D.C., which has 39 confirmed cases of the virus.

“My symptoms got worse and I developed a fever, a dry cough and labored breathing and I remained self-quarantined,” McAdams said in a statement. 

He was tested for COVID-19 Tuesday at the direction of his doctor and found out the results were positive on Wednesday. 

“I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine,” McAdams said in a statement. “I’m doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak.”

Sonja Hutson covers politics for KUER. Follow her on Twitter @SonjaHutson

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